Prophets and Fruit

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Matthew 7:15-20

As Jesus continues His exhortations here at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, we come to another zinger, false prophets bearing fruit. Jesus makes a very simple case in these verses: trees bear the fruit they are supposed to bear; apple trees bear apples, lemon trees bear lemons. If an apple tree bears lemons, you should be on guard!

False prophets, likewise, do not bear good fruit; instead they bear bad fruit. If they teach hate and discord, their followers will spread hate and discord. If they teach sexual immorality, so will their followers. If you aren’t sure about a prophet or teacher, observe their followers. If their followers are not following “The Way” then get out of there.

Remember what happens when the Kingdom of Heaven was preached by Jesus: The results were stunning… healing, love, wholeness, sight, chasing out evil spirits, and above all Truth.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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2 Responses to Prophets and Fruit

  1. gaustin00 says:

    I have now done 1John 3 times in the last month as I work with my new “disciple.” John keeps telling his readers to adjust their vision. You are either a truth teller or a liar…and he uses that word over and over and over! Each chapter he pinpoints “fruits” that reveal who you are. These might be the same “fruits” we should be looking at when we are seeking to discern those false prophets. For example you say you are a Christ follower, but you hate your brother. “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” is really what he is saying. You say you are Christ follower, but you don’t obey the commandments? “Liar Liar Pants on Fire!” Each chapter reveals who we truly are and those are the same things these false prophets are saying and/or doing. Beware of the Liars in your life or you may hear the Lord saying “Liar Liar Pants on Fire.”

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